Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (December 5, 1941)

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Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
 

Released on December 5, 1941: A visit with Hedda Hopper at her home, then her first movie short premier in Milwaukee, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood Motion Picture Home and finally ending the evening at the famous Mocambo nightclub.

Produced by Herbert Moulton

Directed by Herbert Moulton

The Actors: Hedda Hopper (herself, host), William Hopper (himself), Jane Hopper (herself), Marten Lamont (himself), Arline Judge (herself), Jinx Falkenburg (herself), Kent Rogers (himself), William Farnum (himself, guest of honor), Carole Landis (herself), Evelyn Keyes (herself), Jane Withers (herself), Anne Shirley (herself), Joe E. Brown (himself), Mary Pickford (herself), Charles 'Buddy' Rogers (himself, Mary Pickford's husband), Roger Pryor (himself), Jean Hersholt (himself), Kay Kyser (himself), Ginny Simms (herself), Loretta Young (herself), Y. Frank Freeman (himself), Samuel Goldwyn (himself), Edward Arnold (himself), Betty Grable (herself), Shirley Ross (herself), Ken Dolan (himself, Shirley Ross' husband), George Raft (himself), Gloria Dickson (herself, Mrs. Ralph Murphy), Ralph Murphy (himself, director), Desi Arnaz (himself), Tom Tyler (himself), Ann Miller (herself)

 

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So Many Stars

Elda Furry married DeWolf Hopper in 1913 . . . now, you need to know that DeWolf had four wives before Elda . . . first was Ella, then Ida, then Edna, and finally Nella . . . and DeWolf had a habit of calling Elda by one of the other names, as they were so similar . . . What was Elda Hopper to do if she wanted her hubby to keep her separate from his other wives? . . . Of course, pay $10 to a fortune teller and ask the fortune teller to tell Elda what first name would be best for her . . . and Hedda Hopper became the unforgettable wife of DeWolf Hopper. After starring in silent movies and later talkies, the Los Angeles Times offered her a job in 1937 as a newspaper columnist dishing the dirt on all the Hollywood stars, and her legacy was started. In 1941 she made a ten minute, one reel movie to be shown before the main attraction at theaters that would show off Hollywood stars when they were off-screen. This is the second of six shorts that she made in 1941 and 1942. It opens in her Hollywood home where we meet her son William . . . he has a face that I know from somewhere, but it took me a while to remember . . . a few years later he would star on the television show Perry Mason, as Paul Drake, the private investigator who helped Raymond Burr win his court cases. Following the home visit Hedda takes us to the premier of her first movie short in Milwaukee, then we watch several movie stars as they break ground for a retirement home for old actors who have nowhere else to go. Finally we visit the Mocambo nightclub in Hollywood where we will spot several famous folk as they dance and drink the night away. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the passing parade of 1941 movie stars.

Ann Miller at the Mocambo
Ann Miller at the Mocambo
Arline Judge and Jinx Falkenburg at Hedda Hopper's home
Arline Judge and Jinx Falkenburg at Hedda Hopper's home
Bill Farnum at Hedda Hopper's home
Bill Farnum at Hedda Hopper's home
Bill Farnum and Hedda Hopper in the 1915 movie 'Battle of Hearts'
Bill Farnum and Hedda Hopper in the 1915 movie 'Battle of Hearts'
Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford in 1941
Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford in 1941
Carole Landis, Evelyn Keyes, Jane Withers and Anne Shirley
Carole Landis, Evelyn Keyes, Jane Withers and Anne Shirley
Desi Arnaz and Tom Tyler at the Mocambo
Desi Arnaz and Tom Tyler at the Mocambo
Gloria Dickson and Ralph Murphy at the Mocambo
Gloria Dickson and Ralph Murphy at the Mocambo
Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper and Bill Farnum
Hedda Hopper and Bill Farnum
Hedda Hopper and Bill Farnum in her first movie role
Hedda Hopper and Bill Farnum in her first movie role
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown and Hedda Hopper
Joe E. Brown and Hedda Hopper
Kent Rogers
Kent Rogers
Marten Lamont
Marten Lamont
Phil Ohman at the Mocambo
Phil Ohman at the Mocambo
Phil Ohman
Phil Ohman
William and Jane Hopper
William and Jane Hopper
Bill Farnum at Hedda Hopper's home
Bill Farnum at Hedda Hopper's home
William Farnum in 1941
William Farnum in 1941
William Hopper and Jane Gilbert-Hopper at Hedda's home
William Hopper and Jane Gilbert-Hopper at Hedda's home
William Hopper and William Farnum
William Hopper and William Farnum
Y. Frank Freeman, Samuel Goldwyn and Hedda Hopper
Y. Frank Freeman, Samuel Goldwyn and Hedda Hopper